“We need to send a strong message.” So said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while opening the global summit in Osaka today, commenting on the importance of fair and open trade. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump hopes to use the international confab to iron out economic disputes with China and India, while attendees will also aim to address environmental issues and the digital economy.
Are there any signs of success? Trump appeared to tone down his usually combative rhetoric upon arrival, though some analysts suggest it’s a typical pattern that doesn’t necessarily affect policy.
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